Beach Cottage Decorating, hook me in baby
Tue 21st, Aug, 2012
Well a very good morning to you from Beach Cottage Land, the sun is shining here again and I am blogging from the Sitting Room, it’s very very quiet here, Barls is sitting on top of the white armchair under the window toasting in the sun and I am mustering up the energy to get stuff done…I have been for a walk this morning by the sea and then a bit of time in the gym…hello very sore muscles tomorrow but hello stronger feeling body!
I did a lot of thinking while away in New York, might have something to do with the copious amount of time spent in a very small seat at the wrong end of an aeroplane (note to self : serve beans on toast for dinner for the next year to BC Crew and squirrel away cash so that one may be able to turn left on next trip overseas).
I did a lot of thinking about blogging, about friends, about my kiddos, about our sea change and about this old cottage.
Now apart from all that other stuff, I kept thinking about housey and cottage stuff, like a lot, really Mrs BC, how odd…
And what kept popping up again and again is changing a few things around here (not the big changes that have already started…more on that soon, we have had tradies/builders here and plans being done, woot)….adding some colour to the white (you might have noticed this already) and hooks, love me some hooks….or perhaps we should call them knobs, doesn’t knobs sound a bit more interesting hah hah
Anyway, stop that, hooks are a big part of my decorating and I am constantly on the lookout for more…did anyone say I found some corkers in Anthropolgie, ahem.
I like the kinda shaker feel to having lots of racks of them all over the place…and I like how they add to that laid-back, beach cottage coastal style / beach decor really easily and for a very low cost…(just a tip though, if one decides to pop a chair on hooks up on the wall for that real shaker utility look, after one has seen that style in a magazine, it is a good idea if one checks with one’s husband to see if wall plugs for said hooks will hold the weight of a chair – if one does not take this step, one will find all hooks, chair and various now shattered glass plus half of one’s wall all over one’s floor) ever the professional here in Beach Cottage Land
Anyway, here’s how I use hooks for the beach Cottage look …
Beach Cottage Decorating Ideas
5 Tips for Using Hooks for Coastal Style / Beach Decor
1. rustic wood for that beachy vibe
whether you buy it or find it on the beach or in the woods, look out for old pieces of wood that are a bit roughed up…any signs of a former life, all the better…knocks, bumps, splatters of paint, wear and tear are all good…beach decor means faded paintwork, bleached wood and a weathered feel…find a row of hooks with that faint nautical feel…
2. old style hooks for coastal cottage style
a vintage style hook is great for this look…keep an eye out for hooks at DIY stores, garage sales and thrift stores….also fancy boutiques often have hooks in the sale, I am guessing not a lot of shoppers want to part with their cash for hooks…I wait and more often than not hooks will be slashed in price…
3. Dress it up with flowers for beachy decor baby
I like to think past using hooks for coats, I use them as decor / art…racks of hooks are perfect for beach decor and cottage decorating because you can fill them with cottage things and pretty flowers from the garden
I dress mine up with whatever takes my fancy…love decorating with the odd nautical stripe, a bit of Frenchy grey and of course a pop of colour with flowers…
You can easily change them up, add different things for different looks and they are great for some beach cottage foofing or what we in the business like to call vignetting.
Plus being up on the wall they are away from littlies (or in my case puppies) and you can fiddle with things that might otherwise be out of bounds
4. Coastal Beachy Decor
Hooks work really really well for this look….they have that laid-back, kick off your flip-flops kinda feel to them and are just purrrfect for displaying a few casual beach things for a bit of a coastal feel but without that themed ‘seaside’ look.
Things that end up on ramdom hooks in my place for a nautical vibe…strings of shells, starfish, coastal lanterns, little jam jars filled with finds from the beach, string, jute & rope, seaglass from beachcombing, nautical stipe towels, beach bags, driftwood and beach hats..
5. Vintage Pretties
Add lastly for the BC look, gotta love some vintage things to your hooks for that old beach hut of days gone-by feel, plus adding found things really makes it individual to you, that’s what I love about treasure hunting, you have a look that is your own…
I like to add old glass bottles turned into vases, vintage umbrellas, vintage signs…
…other things that work well, pretty bags and baskets, light throws, umbrellas in sweet colours and strings of lights
Let me know your ideas for hooks and beachy decor….
Cheers girlies, I guess I must get up and get some laundry done…it’s a beauty of a Laundry Day out there!
Next time then
Beach Cottage Places
oh and that putty & white puppy…he did a lil’ bit of blogging today HERE